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After years of devastation by spruce bark beetles left millions of dead, dry trees standing on the Kenai Peninsula, it was almost inevitable that the tinderbox would go up in flames, as it did last week in the immense Funny River blaze.Craig Medred

At Kahiltna Glacier base camp on Denali, one gets a glimpse of the variety of mountaineers who arrive here each year to tackle North America's highest peak.

Tara Young,Suzanna Caldwell
The U.S. Army Alaska is preparing to send two teams to the summit of Mount McKinley in an attempt to shore up the soldiers' high-altitude winter training expertise.Suzanna Caldwell

Army officers take training to the highest level -- literally -- with McKinley summit attempt

May 26, 2014 - 5:43pm -- benanderson
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The U.S. Army Alaska is preparing to send two teams to the summit of Mount McKinley in an attempt to shore up the soldiers' high-altitude winter training expertise.

Eighteen straight days of May sunshine and warmth in Alaska's largest city, and now the king salmon are back in Ship Creek downtown. Does it get any better than this in Anchorage?Craig Medred

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